Bet On The 2014 Emmy Awards – Odds and Free Picks

66th EmmysThe 2014 Emmy Awards are set to take place on Monday, August 25th.  They will be broadcast live in prime time on NBC.  The 2014 Emmy’s are set to honour the best in United States prime time television from June 1st, 2013 until May 31st 2014.  There are some great shows that will be very deserving to win an Emmy this year, but like usual some very deserving shows will also go home empty handed.

I’m writing this post on July 29th, but many online sportsbooks already have odds available for the different Emmy categories.

For the purposes of this post I will be looking at the odds from Bovada sportsbook (Bodog for the Canadians out there).

I suggest you check out for yourself though because the odds could change as the Emmys draw nearer.  You will find the odds for the Emmys by visit the sportsbook and clicking on ‘Entertainment’ at the bottom of the sportsbooks left sidebar menu, followed by ‘Film/Television Props’.

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Below I’m going to look at some of the high profile categories, give a run down of the odds and make my pick.

Outstanding Drama Series

  • Breaking BadBreaking Bad 1/4
  • True Detective 6/1
  • Game of Thrones 8/1
  • House of Cards 9/1
  • Mad Men 30/1
  • Downton Abby 50/1

Breaking Bad completed it’s series and that will likely be enough to win the Emmy in this category.  Everyone seemed very happy with how they finished the series and I have found it very difficult to find a poor review.  I think it’s unfortunate that True Detective was put in this category instead of Outstanding Miniseries, which I think is much more fitting.  Game of Thrones also has an outside shot at winning this category, but the safe bet is Breaking Bad.  I should note that Breaking Bad won the award last year and this included beating out Game of Thrones.

Outstanding Comedy Series

  • Orange is the new blackOrange is the New Black 7/4
  • Veep 5/2
  • Modern Family 3/1
  • Louie 6/1
  • The Big Bang Theory 6/1
  • Silicon Valley 30/1

Modern Family is defending it’s crown in this category, but they are only the third favourite according to the oddsmakers.  Orange Is The New Black is new to the category and I think it would be great for a Netflix Original series to win a major category.  I think Orange is the New Black or Modern Family will be taking down the comedy series this year.

Outstanding Miniseries

  • FargoFargo 1/10
  • American Horror Story: Coven 7/1
  • Bonnie and Clyde 25/1
  • Luther 25/1
  • Treme 25/1
  • The White Queen 30/1

This category is basically already wrapped up.  Fargo is 1/10 to win the category and at those odds you have to think it’s almost in the bag.  The only competition is really American Horror Story, but I think Fargo will take it down.  It’s unfortunate that we don’t get to see Fargo up against True Detective in this category because that would have really been interesting.

Outstanding Variety Series

  • The Tonight ShowThe Colbert Report 1/2
  • The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon 12/5
  • Jimmy Kimmel Live 12/1
  • The Daily Show with Jon Stewart 12/1
  • Saturday Night Live 15/1
  • Real Time with Bill Maher 25/1

I personally like The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon the most out of these variety shows.  I think it is a lot different than the others and this could play a factor in Jimmy winning the award at the end of August.

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series

  • True DetectiveMatthew McConaughey (True Detective) 1/2
  • Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad) 5/2
  • Kevin Spacey (House of Cards) 9/1
  • Jeff Daniels (The Newsroom) 15/1
  • Jon Hamm (Mad Men) 25/1
  • Woody Harrelson (True Detective) 25/1

I think it would be very cool if Matthew McConaughey won an Emmy the same year that he won an Oscar.  For this reason I’m rooting for the favourite in this category.  I think Bryan Cranston is the only actor with a chance at taking it down if McConaughey does not.

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

  • Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad) 2/5
  • Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones) 5/2
  • Josh Charles (The Good Wife) 9/1
  • Jon Voight (Ray Donovan) 12/1
  • Jim Carter (Downton Abbey) 50/1
  • Mandy Patinkin (Homeland) 50/1

Aaron Paul probably has this, but my money is on Peter Dinklage.  His portrayal of Tyrion in Game of Thrones is most viewers favourite of all the unique characters in the show.

Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series

  • Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory) 4/5
  • Ricky Gervais (Derek) 3/1
  • William H. Macy (Shameless) 5/1
  • Louis C.K. (Louie) 11/2
  • Matt LeBlanc (Episodes) 18/1
  • Don Cheadle (House of Lies) 30/1

Jim Parsons is the favourite to defend his 2013 Emmy in the same category, but I’m not so sure they will go back to Sheldon from the Big Bang Theory this year.  Ricky Gervais plays a very unique and likely difficult to play character in Derek and I also really like William H. Macy in Shameless.  I think either of these two actors who play more difficult characters than Parsons could be rewarded this year.

There are several other categories that I didn’t address in this article.  Visit to see all of the up to date odds for each category.  Once agian, click ‘Entertainment’, followed by ‘Television/Films’ from the menu at the Sportsbook to find these odds.

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